CISCO – Roscoe got off to a quick start in Thursday’s game against Santo, scoring a touchdown on his first try less than three minutes into the game.
But it didn’t take long for Santo to gain momentum.
Santo scored a touchdown with 16 seconds left in the first quarter to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game – one they wouldn’t surrender. The Wildcats dominated the next three quarters and took a 33-12 victory over the Plowboys, securing their place in the Region II 2A Division II semifinals.
“We fought through adversity there, and I’m really proud of the kids,” Santo Devon Mann head coach said.
The main thing that separated Santo from Roscoe was the big plays – especially on defense and special teams.
Leading 7-6 in the second quarter, Santo’s defense forced a game-changing take-out. Roscoe quarterback Jax Watts fumbled and Santo linebacker Jaime Sandoval wasted no time getting him back: he ran 37 yards for a touchdown and a score, extending Santo’s lead to 14-6.
Santo’s defense crushed Roscoe’s momentum for good in the third quarter.
Abandoned 20-12, the Plowboys had first fallen into the red zone before Watts threw a pass that was deflected and intercepted. The Wildcats scored in response, making it a two-point game.
“Getting deep sales in our own territory was absolutely huge,” Mann said. “Kind of a bend but don’t break.”
And to put the nail in the coffin, Santo recovered an offensive kick to start the fourth quarter. A few minutes later, Procter was in the end zone again for Santo’s final touchdown.
Mann praised his team’s ability to make big plays and pull away from Roscoe in the second half.
“I told them at halftime, ‘the only people stopping us are us,'” said the coach. “We kind of hit our groove and our beat that we like to be in.”
In addition to key moments on defense and special teams, Procter excelled while leading the Wildcats’ heavy offense. The quarterback ran for 136 yards on 17 carries, while Sandoval and Sam Henderson rushed for 99 and 43 yards, respectively.
The Wildcats ran for 312 team yards.
“When someone can perform it as well as they can, it’s hard to prepare for it,” Freeman said. “They are very physical. It’s hard. You have to play disciplined football against an offense like this.
Santo’s offense only completed one pass, and it was Procter’s 15-yard touchdown at Sandoval in the third quarter.
After the victory over Roscoe, Santo is heading for the third round for only the third time in school history.
“The expectation is to win when we step onto the football field, and that’s a beautiful thing to see,” said Mann.
As for Roscoe, 2021 was always a historic season for the Plowboys. They have won 10 games just a year after a one-win season.
More than anything, Freeman takes pride in his senior class and how they laid the foundation for future generations of Plowboys.
“Our kids played extremely hard and never gave up,” Freeman said. “These seniors changed the culture to steer the program in the right direction. I can’t say enough good things about my children. “
► Turning point: Halfway through the first quarter, Roscoe had driven him deep into Santo’s territory. The Plowboys were close to making it a two-point game, but the Wildcats made a big save, which changed the momentum of the game. They never looked back.
► Player of the match: Case Procter, QB / CB – Procter ran for 136 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. He also threw a 15-yard touchdown and intercepted a pass while playing at the cornerback.
► Key statistic: 312 rushing yards. Santo’s efficient running play bolstered the Wildcats’ lead, which stemmed from key takeaways and crucial saves.
► Coach Jake Freeman said: “Our kids played extremely hard and never gave up,” Freeman said. “These seniors changed the culture to steer the program in the right direction. I can’t say enough good things about my children.
► Impact: Santo advance in the playoffs
► Next: Santo plays the match against Windthorst in the semi-final of Region II -2A Division I.
Santo 33, Roscoe 12
Saint … 7 … 7 … 6 … 13
Roscoe … 6 … 0 … 6 … 0
ROS – Seth Wilcox 27 run (blocked kick), 9:20
SAN – Execution of Case Procter 2 (Kevin Valenzuela kick), 0:16
SAN – Jaime Sandoval 37 escaped recovery (Valenzuela kick), 9:50
ROS – Antonio Aguayo 14 assist from Jax Watts (missed pass), 8:17
SAN – Procter 2 run (missed kick), 6:51
SAN – Sandoval 15 pass from Procter (Valenzuela kick), 9:32
SAN – Procter 1 run (missed kick), 2:55
……………….. Santo … Roscoe
First tests … 13 … 14
Rush-Yards … 39-312 … 23-35
Pass … 15 … 219
Comp-Att-Int … 1-4-1 … 23-33-1
Fumbles-Lost … 3-1 … 2-1
Penalties-Yards … 8-83 … 3-30
QUICKLY : Santo, Case Procter 17-136, Jaime Sandoval 7-99, Sam Henderson 10-43, Hutson Thornton 1-25, Jake Bryan 3-8, Elijah Pennington 1-1. Roscoe, Seth Wilcox 4-28, Antonio Aguayo 4-27, Jake Gonzalez 7-12, Tyler Guelker 1- -5, Jax Watts 7- -27,
WHO PASSED: Santo, Procter Case 1-4-15. Roscoe, Jax Watts 23-33-219.
RECEPTION: Santo, Jaime Sandoval 1-15. Roscoe, Antonio Aguayo 10-104, Ivan McCann 5-63, Seth Wilcox 5-37, Jake Gonzalez 2-11, Parker Gleaton 1-4.